Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has apologised for sharing a fake picture, commending the President of Rwanda, for his government’s style of palliatives’ distribution, compared to that of the Nigerian Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari.
As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to have harsh effect on citizens, countries across the world have offered food items to citizens, to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
Recall, that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala had on her Twitter account, on Wednesday, shared a picture showing the Rwandan government’s style of distributing food items.
However, Bashir Ahmad, the Media Aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, took to his Twitter page, commenting that the picture was not related to Rwanda.
Ahmad wrote: “While it is true that the Rwandan government is giving out palliatives, the picture does not originate from the East African country, but from Gambia.”
After a few hours, Okonjo-Iweala admitted posting the ‘fake’ picture.
She, however, noted that the focus of her message was for countries to adopt the safe ways of handling food description.
Her tweet read: “Thanks to those who have drawn my attention to the food distribution picture I tweeted earlier today. A friend sent it to me, that it is from Rwanda.
“Whether Gambia or Rwanda, the point I want us to focus on, is that it is a safe way of handling food distribution.”
Meanwhile, Buhari’s government has been criticised by Nigerians, over what they described as uncoordinated sharing of palliatives in the country, amid the Covid-19 crisis.